Penfolds "Bin 407" Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
(South Australia) - [DM 96] [JS 94] [WA 92]
Regular price $168.00 Sale price $69.97 Save $98.03
Notes From the Winemaker:
Launched with the 1990 vintage in 1993, Bin 407 was developed in response to the increasing availability of high quality cabernet sauvignon fruit. Inspired by Bin 707, Bin 407 offers varietal definition and approachability, yet still with structure and depth of flavour. Textbook cabernet sauvignon, the varietally expressive Bin 407 highlights the rewards of Penfolds multi-region, multi-vineyard blending, with a core of ripe fruit supported by sensitive use of French and American oak.
"Cabernet interpreted (and imbibed!) via a Penfolds lens (and glass)."
"Upon reflection, and respectfully – not unlike a youthful and sprightly Bordeaux Right-Bank Merlot sourced off clay – all red fruits, cranberry." - Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker
Color: Vibrant crimson red
Nose: Soars brazenly, immediately cabernet – tomato relish/chutney, cassis.
Other fruits edge forward for shelf-space – yellow fleshed plum (El Dorado?) and ripe persimmon. Intriguingly, other less assertive aromatics offer more complexity: sage soaked in butter/oil (pre-saltimbocca preparation); olive leaf/turmeric spices, caper brine. Reticent oak (cedar) noted – manifested as a seasoned/maturation character.
Palate: Medium-bodied; elegantly framed. No mid-palate deficiencies!
Blackcurrant and plum fruits sit alongside mocha/chocolate/walnut flavours.
Oak? A genteel (washed, older oak) character – affording a maturation, not a flavour imprint. Mouth-watering with fine, rounded/polished tannins.
In sharp palate contrast – a finessed, varietally-driven alternative to the muscular and Grange-like Bin 707 Cabernet.
Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Coonawarra, Padthaway, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Robe.
Maturation: 12 months in French oak (21% new) and American oak (9% new) hogsheads
Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.9 g/L, pH: 3.58
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon.
Ratings & Reviews
92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: